Amaechi’s loyalists celebrate faction’s victory at Supreme Court

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Sampson Itode, Port Harcourt

THE All Progressives Congress in Rivers State loyal to the Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi, on Tuesday celebrated the Supreme Court’s decision to strike out an appeal filed by Igo Aguma in July 2020.

Reacting to the decision of the apex court, the Spokesman for the Amaechi faction of the APC in the state, Chief Ogbonna Nwuke, in a statement titled, ‘We have been vindicated’, hailed the apex court’s decision, describing it as a welcomed development.

Nwuke said the development was a pointer that Aguma’s declaration as a Caretaker Committee Chairman of the APC in the state was in error ab initio.

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Aguma was declared the CTC chair of the APC in the state by a Rivers State High Court in June 2020, a development the Amaechi camp rejected.

The statement reads in part, “The truth has come to light. The truth is that Hon. Igo Aguma did not have the locus standi to declare himself as chairman. It also demonstrates that the presiding judge who planted Igo Aguma as chairman of the Caretaker Committee erred in law in reaching that decision.

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“We have always known that Igo Aguma and his co-travellers were out to waste the time of the court. We are glad that the Supreme Court has seen through the antics of the pro-Abe group and accordingly thrown out the matter.”

Meanwhile, Igo Aguma, CTC chair of Senator Abe’s faction, reacting to the development in a statement signed by his media adviser, Livingston Wechie, appealed to party supporters to remain calm.

Aguma added that the appeal that was struck out was already withdrawn by his council for being statute barred, being a pre-election matter.

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He, however, disclosed that a second appeal filed in December 2020 before the apex court was yet to be heard.

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